INTRODUCTION TO GIHS & MISSION STATEMENT
The Galveston Island Humane Society, Inc. was formed in 1981 and much has changed in the past 34 years. We are no longer “the pound” where animals are held for the legal limit. Today we have a humane shelter that is open to the public six days a week to facilitate reuniting pets with their families and to promote adoptions.
GIHS is an “open admission” shelter for Galveston Island. That means we accept all homeless pets, even when the shelter is full. Our open admission status in a community with a disproportionately high number of homeless or unwanted pets could lead to needless euthanasia in our shelter. We work diligently to assure that adoptable pets are not held under a time limit and are kept available until they are placed in a family or transferred to a second chance situation.
The following are some specific goals we would like to accomplish in the future:
- To rehome lost pets or find ‘forever’ homes for all of our animals.
- Obtain additional funding to enhance our current programs and expand into other areas.
- Initiate and coordinate a comprehensive spay/neuter programs for the City of Galveston residens to stop the influx of unwanted and homeless animals coming in to the shelter.
- Provide education in the community focused on the long term care of pets as family members. This will include basic care, vaccination needs, identification through microchipping, and altering all pets to decrease additional homeless pets.
Executive Director, GIHS – Caroline Dorsett-Pate
Administrative Manager – Vanessa Coggins
Shelter Operations Manager – Stephanie Tong
Client Care Associates –Priscilla Pippin, Janice Wagner, and Alan Baich
Animal Health Technicians – Destiny Auzston and Katrina Ross
Animal Care Supervisor – Johnathan Pineda
Animal Care Staff – Debbie Radzieski, Andrew Mantooth, Julie Abbott, Ryan Bustamante, Kayleigh Lashway
Feral Cat Program Liaison – Vanessa Coggins
Volunteer Coordinator – Danielle Nordstrom
Foster Coordinator – Thresea Russ
GIHS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The GIHS Board of Directors consists of up to 20 volunteer members who assist with decisions about the shelter operations and policies. They also coordinate fundraisers and provide support to the shelter staff. Interested in serving? Please email: Info@GalvestonHumane.org for more information.
GIHS Board of Members
President Elect – Dana Wisko
Treasurer – Becki Winchester-Habib
Secretary – Diana Barr
Past President – Joel Caldwell
Lea Fistein, DVM
Kyle Knupple, DVM